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    Firm buttocks, that's what we want (with Michel Roux Jr)

    enSeptember 21, 2023

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    • Managing Health and Wellness with TechnologyStart a weight loss journey with online consultations from PlushCare's board-certified physicians and access to FDA-approved medications. Embrace identity questioning during social events and prioritize health management through technology.

      Technology, such as the iPhone and its privacy features, can help individuals manage various aspects of their lives, including health and wellness. During the discussion, the importance of starting a weight loss journey was emphasized, with PlushCare being highlighted as a resource for online consultations with board-certified physicians and access to FDA-approved medications. The conversation also touched upon the importance of identity and questioning during social events. A bonus podcast episode featuring an interview with the author of "My Sister, the Serial Killer" was announced, and suggestions for future book club topics were welcomed. While the tone of the conversation was lighthearted, the underlying themes revolved around taking charge of one's health and seeking knowledge and understanding in various aspects of life.

    • Exploring naming conventions and personal storiesWe discussed naming conventions in American families, including juniors and alternating middle names, and shared humorous anecdotes and intriguing emails from listeners

      We had an engaging conversation with a fascinating guest about his book, while also sharing some light-hearted moments in the podcast. We learned about naming conventions in American families, specifically regarding juniors, seniors, and alternating middle names each generation. Jane explained that the use of "junior" or similar titles only applies if a predecessor with the same name is still alive at the time of the newborn's birth. Additionally, we shared a humorous anecdote about Eve bringing in a sourdough loaf wrapped in The Times and her insistence on having the less-handled end. Lastly, we received an intriguing email from Elizabeth about her parents' unexpected encounter and subsequent relationship in Saint Petersburg during the 1980s, leading to her existence as a "visa baby." These stories showcase the diverse experiences and connections that make up our podcast conversations.

    • Stories of unexpected challenges in personal relationshipsLife's unpredictability brings unique experiences and humor, even in complicated relationships

      Life can present unexpected challenges, especially when it comes to personal relationships. The speaker shared a story from their past about the complicated circumstances surrounding their birth and the ensuing tension between their English and Russian families. Despite the stress and complications, the speaker found humor in the situation and appreciated the unique experiences that shaped their upbringing. Another email discussed a woman who named her son "Methamphetamine Rules," which led to a conversation about unusual names and potential name restrictions. A third email recounted an overheard conversation between two men in a lift, leaving the listener curious about the potential story behind it. Overall, these stories illustrate the complexity and intrigue that can be found in everyday life, reminding us to appreciate the unexpected twists and turns that come our way.

    • Hugh Grant's connection to Michel Roux through their shared love for fine dining and a house in ProvenceHugh Grant's ownership of a house in Provence led to his attendance at the state banquet at Versailles, connecting him to renowned chef Michel Roux, who opened the first three-Michelin-star restaurant and values it deeply as a part of his life's work.

      The connection between Hugh Grant and Michel Roux goes beyond their shared love for fine dining. Hugh Grant's presence at the state banquet at Versailles can be explained by his ownership of a house in Provence, where Michel Roux and his family used to forage for food as children. Michel Roux, a renowned chef, opened the first three-Michelin-star restaurant, Le Gavroche, in London. Despite offers to let others run it, he decided to close Le Gavroche, as it holds significant personal value and represents a part of his life he doesn't want to sell. Both men have dedicated their lives to good food and have made lasting impacts on the culinary world.

    • A restaurant owner retires after decades of workDespite a successful restaurant, an owner's decision to close is influenced by personal reasons, including retirement and spending time with family.

      The decision to close a restaurant, despite its success and the enjoyment of its patrons, is not solely due to external factors like Brexit or economic conditions. The restaurant owner, who has been working long hours every night for decades, is choosing to retire and spend more time with family, and the lease coming to an end provided an opportunity for this transition. The owner will still remain a busy person but will have more freedom in his schedule to pursue other interests. The restaurant, known for its high-end menu, will be missed by some, but the owner is looking forward to this new chapter in his life.

    • Addressing Food Accessibility in the Restaurant IndustryThe restaurant industry in cities like London faces challenges in providing affordable, nutritious food while maintaining profitability. Some restaurants contribute through partnerships with food banks and schools, but more government incentives are needed to expand access to healthy food options for all.

      The restaurant industry, particularly in a city like London, faces significant challenges due to high costs and thin profit margins. While there are customers who are willing and able to spend large sums of money on fine dining experiences, there are also individuals and families who struggle to afford nutritious food. The industry's ability to address this polarization and contribute to making wholesome food accessible to all is an important consideration. Despite the difficulties, many restaurants do contribute through partnerships with food banks and schools. However, there is a need for more government incentives to support this effort. Ultimately, ensuring that everyone has access to healthy food options is a pressing issue that requires a collective effort from all sectors of society.

    • Redistributing Fresh Food to CharitiesInstead of donating canned goods to food banks, consider supporting charities that distribute fresh produce to those in need.

      There are numerous charities, such as The Felix Project, that focus on distributing fresh food to those in need. When restaurants close down, they can donate their fresh produce to these charities instead of food banks, which often only accept dried or canned goods. Additionally, the speaker shared a heartwarming story about how they met the listener's daughter on their honeymoon many years ago. Regarding the food topic, the speaker suggested trying out the cod and vegetable parcel recipe, which involves precooking vegetables and wrapping cod in parchment or foil before baking. The speaker also mentioned that their ultimate comfort food is their mother's shepherd's pie. Overall, the conversation touched on the importance of giving back to the community and enjoying delicious home-cooked meals.

    • From Limited British Food to Exceptional CheeseBritish food has evolved significantly, particularly in the cheese industry, offering a wide range of high-quality options thanks to the efforts of immigrants bringing European culinary traditions.

      The speaker, who grew up with a family of French immigrants in the UK during the 1960s, has seen a remarkable transformation in the quality and variety of British food, particularly cheese, over the past few decades. When they first arrived, British cuisine was lacking, with limited options for ingredients like olive oil. However, the speaker's father and uncle saw an opportunity to bring great French gastronomy to the UK and worked hard to make it successful. Today, British cheese is exceptional, and it's common to find a wide selection of it on high-end cheese boards. The speaker is passionate about the improvement in British food and is proud of its progress.

    • A Family of Renowned Chefs United by Their PassionThe Ruh family, despite their individuality and competition, came together through their work ethic and love for teaching and passing on their culinary knowledge.

      Despite the competition and individuality among the Ruh family members, who are all accomplished chefs, their shared work ethic and love for teaching and passing on their knowledge brought them together. Michel Ruh, a chef himself, shared stories about his father Alba, uncle Michel Rous Sr, and his daughter, all of whom had unique approaches to cooking but were united in their passion for the craft. Michel recalled the importance of their work ethic and how it drove them to excel in their respective areas. He also shared how the tag "Junior" came about when he lived with his uncle and received mail addressed to him, but it's no longer in use now that his uncle has passed away. Michel also expressed his admiration for young chefs starting out in the industry today, particularly those who are exploring alternative avenues like street food and pop-up restaurants. He believes that the hospitality industry is changing, and it's essential to encourage small, local independents. Overall, the Ruh family's story highlights the importance of family, tradition, and the shared love for cooking in bringing people together.

    • Explore local independents for a better town experienceSupport local businesses for flavorful, healthy, and authentic meals. Try dishes like mackerel for a simple and delicious lunch.

      Supporting local independents, whether it's your butcher, baker, or restaurant, is a great way to enhance your day out in town. Technology, such as apps and social media, makes it easier than ever to discover and visit these establishments. For example, mackerel is a simple, quick, and healthy dish that can be easily prepared with fillets available at local markets or even supermarkets. Mackerel is a flavorful and relatively inexpensive oily fish that makes for a delicious luncheon when served with a salad and some sourdough bread. While it's important to appreciate the convenience of ready meals and fast food, it's also essential to remember the value of locally sourced and prepared meals. Even in countries like France, where ready meals are common, there are still many high-quality independent restaurants and markets to explore. So, next time you're in a new town, make sure to explore the local scene and support the independent businesses, and don't forget to try some simple and delicious dishes like mackerel.

    • Appreciating the Art of Food PhotographyFood photography requires creativity and skill, from using unconventional props to acknowledging the artists behind the images. The art form highlights the importance of sustainability and observation.

      Food photography is an art form deserving of recognition and appreciation. The discussion highlighted the difficulty in replicating the perfect visuals seen in books or social media, and the use of creative techniques like using mashed potato instead of ice cream or hairspray on vegetables to achieve desired effects. The importance of acknowledging the skills of food photographers was emphasized. Additionally, the conversation touched on the transition to electric cars and the controversy surrounding Camilla, the Queen, wearing an abaya to a banquet at Versailles. The observation made by a listener, Nafissa, about the contrasting dress codes at the event was noted as an interesting observation. Overall, the episode showcased the importance of art, the ongoing debate around sustainability, and the power of observation.

    • Connect with Jane and Fi on Instagram, Celebrate Moms with Personalized Moonpig CardsConnect with Jane and Fi for inspiration, prioritize privacy on iPhone, and surprise moms with personalized Moonpig cards for just $5

      Jane and Fi are active on Instagram and invite listeners to follow them. They emphasized their omnipresence. During the conversation, they also discussed the importance of privacy and control over location sharing on iPhones. They highlighted the significance of gifting a personalized Mother's Day card from Moonpig, which offers customizable cards with photos, messages, and same-day delivery for just $5. This thoughtful gesture is a great way to celebrate and show appreciation for every mom in your life. So, connect with Jane and Fi on Instagram, secure your privacy on your iPhone, and surprise your mom with a beautiful and personalized Moonpig card.

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